Thursday, January 27, 2022

Mae West: Doesn’t Mingle

In 1934, Picture Play, piqued by a New York newcomer’s meteoric rise, pondered this: “Is MAE WEST a Fizzle? A bold discussion of an important question!” This is Part 8 of 29 segments.
• • Is Mae West a Fizzle? • •
• • Mae West: In a critical position • •
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: That she doesn't mingle extensively in Hollywood proves nothing.  

• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: She was never a social butterfly in her halcyon stage days in New York.  
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: Society in that city had sought her.  
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: In New York City it was considered smart to have the risque lioness of the footlights at one's party.  
• • Mae West: The risque lioness of the footlights • • …
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Picture Play; issue dated for May 1934.

• • On Monday, 27 January 1930 in NYC • •
• • The death of Matilda Delker West was reported in The Brooklyn Eagle on Monday, 27 January 1930. A heartbreaking loss for her daughter Mae, who was born and bred in Brooklyn, where her mother introduced her to the vaudeville circuit.
• • On Friday, 27 January 1933 in the USA • •
• • The red carpet premiere of "She Done Him Wrong" took place in Hollywood on Friday, 27 January 1933. What a great day for Mae West.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • They tell a funny story about Mae West.  
• • When she first read the script (written by John Bright) of "She Done Him Wrong," the story goes, Mae flew into a rage.  
• • "The bums!" she is said to have screamed, "they've taken all the charm out of it!"
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I've always taken the rap for the Code — — but it was really those racy Barbara Stanwyck pictures (i.e., 'Babyface') that did it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Pre-Code movies mentioned Mae West.
• • "Classic Hollywood: Pre-Code films out from Warner Archive" • •
• • Susan King wrote: Though a number of these films revolved around the gangster world, including 1930's "Little Caesar," 1931's "The Public Enemy" and 1932's "Scarface," these pre-Code films were generally dominated by strong female actresses such as Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, and Clara Bow.
• • Susan King explained: Women were much more sexually aggressive in pre-Code films, morals were loose. Their dialogue was suggestive. And their often skimpy outfits left little to the imagination. Some actresses who starred in pre-Code films flourished after the code crackdown in 1934. But others, like Mae West, whose image was so sexually charged, lost audiences as a more sanitized version of herself. ...
• • Source: The L.A. Times; published on Sunday, 8 January 2012

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 17th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past seventeen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seventeen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,918th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Mae West: A Moral?

In 1934, Picture Play, piqued by a New York newcomer’s meteoric rise, pondered this: “Is MAE WEST a Fizzle? A bold discussion of an important question!” This is Part 7 of 29 segments.
• • Is Mae West a Fizzle? • •
• • Mae West: A moral to the story • •
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: Mae answered the letter.  
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: A few weeks later a second letter reached her.  

• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: "I did as you told me, Mae West,” the woman said, "and my husband socked me in the eye!"
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: There is a moral in this little story.
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: I wonder if Mae perceived it.  
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: I  think Mae West will be just another flash in the pan if she continues to write her own stories, and I join those who contend she will not survive the four-year optional contract by  which, in addition to her salary, she receives a percentage of the profits on her films.
• • Mae West: In a critical position • • …
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Picture Play; issue dated for May 1934.
• • Diem Obiit Mater: on Sunday, 26 January 1930 • •
• • Mae West and her mother were really the love of each other's lives until Matilda died in the month of January — — on Sunday, 26 January 1930 — — at age 59. How terrifying it was for Mae during the winter of 1929, knowing that her mother's illness was worsening. After Matilda died, Mae felt, "There wasn't anyone to play to."
• • Note: On the April 1911 marriage license for Mae West and Frank Wallace, her mother's name is noted as "Matilda Dilker" not Delker, quite probably a clerical error.
• • On Monday, 26 January 1948 • •
• • Diamond Lil” starring Mae West • •
• • Leonard Mosley wrote: "Mae West herself is a Restoration comedy rolled into one body — — earthy, happy, and outspoken. Shocked me? No. I just like her." ...
• • Source: The London Daily Telegraph; published on Monday, 26 January 1948.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West from N'Yawk wins us over with her Maudie Triplett in "Night After Night."
• • Onstage Jack LaRue played Lil's Latin lover Juarez. [Gilbert Roland played that role, under the Russian moniker Sergei, in the film version "She Done Him Wrong" [1933] with Mae West in her first starrer.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If I went out as a star and flopped, I was through. If I went out as a nobody, I wouldn't be under the gun — — and I had a chance."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A fan magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West was cold-shouldered at her premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater. Very few stars turned out, except those from her own studio. …
• • Source: Picture Play; published in the issue dated for January 1934
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 17th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past seventeen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seventeen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,917th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Mae West: Clever Enough

In 1934, Picture Play, piqued by a New York newcomer’s meteoric rise, pondered this: “Is MAE WEST a Fizzle? A bold discussion of an important question!” This is Part 6 of 29 segments.
• • Is Mae West a Fizzle? • •
• • Mae West: Distinctive Cameo Role • •
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: No woman could have given such a distinctive performance in a small part as Mae did in "Night After Night," without being clever.     

• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: But is Mae clever enough to know where cleverness ends and discretion begins?
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: She has astounding faith in her own faith in herself.     
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: This was demonstrated by an incident that has come to my attention.
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: Among the thousands of letters Mae receives from admirers, one came from a woman who asked the star how she could hold her husband.
• • Mae West: A moral to the story • • …   
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Picture Play; issue dated for May 1934.
• • On Sunday, 25 January 1948 • •
• • On Sunday, 25 January 1948, The New York Times's London correspondent noted: "The audience displayed little interest in the comedy melodrama of the nineties but it warmed to Miss West. ..."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hot news from Boston. Six hundred people refused to vacate the Egyptian Theater during a fire, because Mae West was on the screen.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Homely men make good husbands. They usually have more sex appeal."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A fan magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Look at the names which twinkle in electric lights above the theatres. Fred Astaire, Ginger  Rogers,  W. C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Claudette Colbert, Jean Harlow, Mae West, Myrna Loy, Janet Gaynor, Grace Moore, William Powell. And a dozen others. Not one of them is listed on the alumni records of any university. …
• • Source: Modern Screen; published on Friday, 18 September 1936
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 17th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past seventeen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seventeen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,916th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Monday, January 24, 2022

Mae West: Knows Her Seams

In 1934, Picture Play, piqued by a New York newcomer’s meteoric rise, pondered this: “Is MAE WEST a Fizzle? A bold discussion of an important question!” This is Part 5 of 29 segments.
• • Is Mae West a Fizzle? • •
• • Mae West: Audacious and unconventional • •
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: Her drawl, her swagger, her audacious bandying of the conventions: these are part of her type, the type representative of the woman of experience who knows her seams as well as her smooth velvets.     

• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: In my time, I have seen type after type crash the spotlight — — only to lose out because he or she had nothing more to offer than one characterization and one line of talk.
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: Mae West is clever — yes, very clever.     
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: No woman who wasn't clever could have startled and won New York City's Broadway as Mae West did.    
• • Mae West: Distinctive Cameo Role • • …
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Picture Play; issue dated for May 1934.
• • On Monday, 24 January 1938 in Time Magazine • •
• • The radio ruckus Mae West set in motion just before Christmas 1937 continued being discussed in the news. Time Magazine's issue — — dated Monday, 24 January 1938 — — focused on all those "right-thinking" citizens who penned complaint letters and the FCC's request for a transcript of the offending program. NBC was reluctant to release it, however.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Believing the title "It Ain't No Sin" may invite criticism at this time, Paramount had decided to give the forthcoming Mae West picture the handle of "That Saint Louis Woman," but found out the title had been used before.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You learn to get along in life by studying life."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Australia mentioned Mae West.
• • "Hello, Hollywood! What's Going On Over There?" • •
• • While making "Personal Appearance," Mae West made sure that, when she had to punch Warren William, she made a good job of it. She invited four of her "fighting" friends to watch her work — — then asked them to show her how it should be done. Bravo, Mae! ...
• • Source: Sunday Times (Perth); published on Sunday, 24 January 1937

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 17th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past seventeen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seventeen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,915th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Friday, January 21, 2022

Mae West: Suffer the Fate

In 1934, Picture Play, piqued by a New York newcomer’s meteoric rise, pondered this: “Is MAE WEST a Fizzle? A bold discussion of an important question!” This is Part 4 of 29 segments.
• • Is Mae West a Fizzle? • •
• • Mae West: Is an original • •
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: Is Mae West just a flash in the pan?
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: Or is Mae West really a legitimate actress?
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: If "It Ain't No Sin" isn't far superior to her last effort, I, for one, believe Mae will suffer the fate that many before her have suffered.     

• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: Mae West will find herself close to the funereal ranks of the ex-stars.
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: I agree with anyone who claims Mae West is an original.   
• • Dorothy Herzog wrote: However, I consider her originality to be "type originality."
• • Mae West: Audacious, unconventional • • …    
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Picture Play; issue dated for May 1934.
• • On Friday, 21 January 1949 • •
• • On Friday, 21 January 1949 United Press syndicated an update on the health of Mae West.
• • “Mae West Recovers” • •
• • Baltimore, Jan. 20 [U.P.] — Mae West returned to New York today, ready to open in her new play "Diamond Lil" early next month. Doctors said the actress has fully recovered from her abdominal pains which sent her to the hospital here last Saturday.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood — — Mae West added to her millions by unloading a hunk of real estate in Hollywood.  The Palladium, a new $500,000 version of the same-named landmark ballroom on Sunset Boulevard, will be built there.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Australia discussed Mae West.
• • "Action Against Mae West" • •
• • Los Angeles, Thursday — Mae West, the film actress, and Paramount Pictures have been sued for 1,000,000 dollars (£A200,000) by Mr. Mark Linder, an author, who has charged them with fraud in connection with the story of the film "She Done Him Wrong," which, he alleges, was written by him.
• • Mr. Linder claims that he was induced to sell his interest in the story for 25,000 dollars (£A5,000), while Paramount Pictures made 4,000,000 dollars (£A800,000) and Miss West 330,000 dollars (£A67,800). ...
• • Note: Approximately 15 minutes of the 1928 racy 3-hour stage play about sex trafficking, white slavery, prostitution, and low-life criminals in Chinatown "Diamond Lil" were salvaged and then massaged by John Bright into the highly sanitized motion picture version of 66 minutes that movie-goers saw in 1933 on the silver screen. Fifteen minutes tops.
• • Note: This hand-kissing scene was saved. Jack LaRue played a South American pimp.
• • Source: The Argus (Melbourne); published on Friday, 21 January 1938

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 17th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past seventeen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seventeen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,914th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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